Christmas with the royals is set to be quite the event this year. The Queen broken tradition by inviting Meghan Markle’s mum, Doria Ragland, to spend December 25th with the family at Sandringham, and there was speculation that Prince William would also be breaking royal tradition by spending Christmas with Kate Middleton’s family this year instead.
But this year, all eyes are on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The couple are expecting their first child in the Spring, and considering that this is their first Christmas together as a married couple it makes it all the more special.
There will be a huge royal feast, and all the guests will participate in a rather unusual royal tradition – the post-Christmas dinner weigh-in (yes, it really is a thing).
However, a more well known tradition is the family’s festive hunt. Every Boxing Day, there is a pheasant shoot at Sandringham – but this year, things will reportedly be a little different for Harry, who will instead be spending the day with Meghan.
According to The Daily Mail, the Duke of Sussex will forgo the tradition owing to the fact that his wife ‘strongly opposes blood sport’ and is such a huge advocate for animal rights.
A source reportedly told the paper: ‘William sees this as another concerning example of his brother being pulled away from his family by his new wife.
‘Harry’s always loved hunting and it has provided them with a great chance to bond as brothers.
‘But now it looks like Harry’s shooting days are over.’
The publication also goes on to say that Harry declined to join the hunt last year, and also missed the grouse hunt at Balmoral in September. However, Prince William is set to go ahead with the hunt alongside Prince Charles and Prince George, according to the report.